There are several differences between clothing stores, department stores, and fashion clothing boutiques. Department stores will have a limited selection of mass-produced and inexpensive clothing for the entire family. Clothing stores will have a wider selection of specific clothes.
Some specialize in formal clothing while others feature baby clothes. Clothing stores also cater to men and boys, women and girls, plus sizes, sports apparel, and professionals. Fashion boutiques typically feature trendy styles from new designers for young and contemporary women.
What to Expect
Boutiques used to be small, physical stores that catered to a more upscale clientele. While most physical boutiques adhere to that same model, the internet has allowed some boutiques to expand into websites with a huge inventory. Not bound by physical space limitations and able to offer lower pricing, boutiques are now affordable for more customers.
The targeted audience is still the same. That translates to sizing that runs smaller than other women’s clothing stores. When ordering online, be sure to reference sizing charts on every site. A typical example of sizing ranges from extra small (XS) to extra large (XL), but may only go up to size twelve.
The limited sizing does not exclude women of all sizes and ages taking advantage of the latest accessories at low pricing. Hats, scarves, jewelry, shoes, and purses are available. Gift cards are also offered. That is a perfect gift for a birthday, graduation, promotion, or bridal shower. Sale sections can save customers even more money.
Return policies are often different than regular online or physical clothing stores. Read return and exchange policies before making a purchase. Some boutiques do not allow returns unless a product is defective.
Those that do accept returns have strict guidelines. Items have to be returned within seven or fourteen days with all the original tags still attached. Refunds are rarely available under any circumstances. Customers can expect store credit for their accepted returns.
Those interested in the latest fashions do not have to spend a small fortune on their wardrobes. Affordable pricing, a vast selection, and new shipments arriving daily will have you setting trends in the neighborhood.